Essential Safety Measures Audit – Fire Rated Shutters
An essential safety measures auditor must have a working knowledge of fire rated shutters under AS 1851-2005 Section 17, and ensure the viewing of the recording system (essential safety measures logbook) of inspection/ testing routines at 3, 6 and 12 monthly intervals for fire rated shutters to allow the signing of the Annual Statement.
The auditor must be aware of walls requiring a fire resistance level so as to look for openings that have fire rated shutters. If unsure the auditor should refer to the building surveyors/ certifier’s essential safety measures determinations/ schedules issued at occupancy stage to determine whether the fire rated shutters have been nominated as an installed (occupation certificate, occupancy permit, certificate of classification and certificate construction compliance) essential safety measure. Fire rated shutters are frequently removed by tenants for convenience during building upgrades.